Dr. Ben Carson took on the mantle of the Republican Party's least convincing surrogate on Monday night, saying that if GOP front-runner Donald Trump gets the nomination, wins the general election, and then turns out to be a dud — it's OK, because that's just four years down the tube.
"Even if Donald Trump turns out not to be such a great president, which I don't think is the case, I think he's going to surround himself with really good people, but even if he didn't, we're only looking at four years as opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever,” Carson told Newsmax TV.
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After ending his own presidential bid a week earlier, the former neurosurgeon endorsed Trump last week, less than six months after Trump derided Carson as a pathological liar akin to a pedophile while the pair were neck-in-neck in national polls.
"There are two different Donald Trumps," Carson said at the billionaire's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida when announcing his support. "There's the one you see on the stage and there's the one who is very cerebral, sits there and considers things very carefully. You can have a very good conversation with him. That's the Donald Trump that you're going to start seeing more and more of."
Carson told reporters he and Trump had buried the hatchet then, but on Tuesday he indicated another factor in his endorsement: The business mogul has offered him an advisory role in the hypothetical Trump White House.
"I will be doing things as well … Certainly in an advisory capacity [in Trump's administration],” Carson said. “We haven't handled out all the details but it is very important that we work together in this country … Again, I'm not going to reveal any details about it right now because all of this is still very liquid."
With his not-quite-ringing endorsement Monday, Carson arguably squeaked ahead of Sen. Rick Santorum as the world's least convincing surrogate. Santorum endorsed Marco Rubio in a television interview in which he made headlines for failing to name a single accomplishment by the Florida senator.